This article comes as a second in the series “Marriage and Vision”. The previous article “The crucial place of a common-vision in sustaining a fulfilling marriage” was written to establish firmly the importance of married couples having a common-vision as a foundation for their marriage. However, vision like every other thing that has value has to be preserved and maintained. There are great business partnerships that started off well with clearly defined objectives . . . good enough, but did not stand the test of time because beyond the definition of objectives, nothing was done to preserve and reinforce the initial vision that was agreed upon. Vision is like a divine seed; it has to be nurtured, protected and preserved until it yields fruits in the life of the person that bears it. The same principle governs the preservation of a common-vision in marriage.
PARABLE OF THE SOWER: LESSONS ON PRESERVATION OF VISION “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-24, NIV “The sower soweth the word.” Mark 4:14, KJV A common-vision in the heart of a couple can be likened unto a seed – a word God has spoken, a picture the Spirit of God cast in the heart of a couple – the foundation of their marriage. From this insightful parable we can learn and apply two profound principles 1. God’s Plans and Purposes for Life Begins as Vision-Seeds: Realize what the farmer actually seeks is a harvest BUT he plants seeds as a means of obtaining a future harvest. There are certain plans and purposes God desires to actualize in the lives and marriages of His children. However, He begins by sowing a vision-seed into the heart of His children as to what he wants to make of their lives. I have this deep conviction that the Lord wants to birth great things (beyond having children) through our marital union. However, He begins by sowing a vision-seed. This vision-seed could come as an impression on our heart, a burden, a heart cry, a deep spiritual desire, a divine passion, a prophetic word etc. regarding our marital future. As small as these sounds, this is how God starts the sowing of His vision-seeds for something really great in a person or couple’s future. “Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”